Contact Information

The Secretary
Family History Centre
9 Glasgow Street

01387 248093

I will remove this Notice at the end of November.

** Temporary Stop and Read Notice **
Hello E-Journal Members,
          Did you receive your November issue of

After many years of publishing a thrice yearly paper Newsletter, we have this month completed our first year of E-Journal issues. The November Newsletter both, paper and electric versions, were mailed in the week 1st to 7th November.

At least four members e-mailed the Research Centre and the Membership Secretary about their concerns when they found reference in their Inboxes to the above items as part of a mass mailing.  Two members said they actually deleted the files thinking they were Spam.  I have no way of knowing how many others did the same thing without referring to us.

Since posting this notice we have been contacted by one further member who, on reading this, e-mailed to say he did not get his E-Journal or Membership Renewal Form. If you or anyone you know did not get the approriate versions of the November Newsletter please let us know.
I will not be surprised in a month or so's time if we are still being notified by some members that they have not received their November Newsletters. 

There could be a number of reasons for that.  One reason is that Service Provider's anti spam/anti virus software could be set to reject e-mail address they do not recognise. In such cases the files are often found in the Spam Folders. To avoid that happening please include in your address book/contacts list. Another reason could be the Server rejection down loads from a mass mailing of more than a set number of e-mails. One wrong e-mails address in a batch can some times lead to the whole batch failing.

Anyway do let us know if you signed up for an E-JOURNAL and have not receved it.


Sandy Pittendreigh
DGFHS Volunteer currently tasked with send bulk mail to members.



All About Us - Who we are and what we do.

Winter Openings are Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 12.30pm to 3.30pm, Friday & Saturday 10.00am to 1.00pm.

Summer Openings are Tuesday and Thursday 10.00am - 4.00pm.  Friday and Saturday 10.00am - 1.00pm and Wednesday 12.30pm - 3.30pm.

Winter Opening Hours start on Tuesday 27th October 2015.

Dumfries & Galloway Family History Society covers the three counties of South West Scotland - Dumfriesshire, The Stewartry of Kirkcudbright and Wigtownshire. We are a self-help group, established in 1987, run by volunteers, whose aim is to promote the study of family history. We do not contract to do research for others: we simply act as facilitators for researchers visiting our area who are doing their own research.

Currently we have around sixteen hundred members world-wide. Our Newsletters, published three times a year, offer members the chance to publish interests and queries, allowing other members to offer assistance. We have a well resourced Research Centre in Dumfries with a library, microfilm and microfiche of Old Parochial Registers, Census data, newspaper indexes and much more.

Most of our resources, but not all, are pre-1855 when statutory registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages was introduced in Scotland. The Research Centre is staffed by experienced volunteers who are usually able to offer advice on where to look next. We have free parking to the rear of the building and in the surrounding streets. We are just across the River Nith from Whitesands bus terminal and a fifteen minute walk from Dumfries railway station.

Research Centre Opening Times

Summer from April to October:
Tuesday and Thursday 10.00 am -- 4.00 pm
Wednesday 12.30 pm -- 3.30 pm
Friday and Saturday 10.00 am -- 1.00 pm

Winter from November to March:
Friday and Saturday 10.00 am -- 1.00 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 12.30 pm -- 3.30 pm
CLOSED Sundays and Mondays and around Xmas

The above openings are dependent on the availability of volunteers.
Occasionally, especially at peak holiday times, we may have to close.
Visitors coming a distance should phone the previous day to check.

We are finding it increasingly difficult during holiday periods to fully staff the Research Centre.
Unless we can recruit more duty volunteers for the Centre from among our local membership we will have no option but reduce our opening hours.